Morality is not all that we ordinarily take it to be, there is no one true moral system, and much of our moral language is seriously flawed. This provides the basis for a form of moral scepticism, which then raises questions as to how moral sceptics are to live their lives, make decisions, and speak about matters of human character and behaviour. Some philosophers argue that moral scepticism of this kind can leave much unchanged. However, the content of moral systems comes under renewed scrutiny once morality is acknowledged to be a “device”: a social technology that we can modify to meet changing needs.
KeywordsJ.L. Mackie Joel Marks Jonas Olson moral fictionalism moral scepticism Patricia Churchland Richard Joyce
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